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Chicken (gallus domesticus)

The domestic chichows the remains of domestic birds in Indo-Pakistan from around 3250 BC, and in Egyptian tombs dating from as early as 2000 BC.

Many experts believe that the "sport" of cockfighting, rather than food interests led to its dispersal around the world.

Nowadays an "intact" adult male is called a rooster - or a cockerel if under a year in age; a castrated male is a capon; an adult female a hen - or if under a year in age a pullet; a newly-hatched bird is a chick; and a juvenile of either sex a poult. See 'Air-Frozen Chicken'; 'Chicken Brick'; 'Chicken cream'; 'Chickendogs'; 'Chickenfurters'; 'Chicken in every pot'; 'Chicken Kiev'; 'Chicken of the Wood'; 'Chicken stock cube'; 'Chicken Turbot'; 'Corn-fed Chicken'; 'Free-Range Chicken'

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